Ronald Thomas,

cello

Ronald is on the faculty of Mannes College of Music. He has been the Principal Cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is the Co Founder and ex-Artistic Director of the Boston Chamber Music Society, with whom he produced several acclaimed recordings. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Radio Kammerorkest of the Netherlands, Moscow Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic. Ronald has performed extensively with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and festivals including Bravo! Colorado, Spoleto, Blossom, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle Chamber Music Society, La Musica, Music@Menlo, Sarasota, Angel Fire, Music in the Mountains, Yale at Norfolk, and festivals of Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Amsterdam. He has collaborated with artists including Yo-Yo- Ma, Pinchas Zuckerman, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, and Joshua Bell. Ronald was Co-Director and on the founding Board of Bargemusic in New York City, and is the Artistic Director of Chestnut Hill Concerts in Old Saybrook, CT. He has taught at Peabody, Curtis, M.I.T., Brown University, Boston Conservatory, and Wellesley College, while giving master classes at countless music schools and universities. As a member of Boston Musica Viva and Aeolian Chamber Players, he premiered and recorded many new works. Prior to winning the Young Concert Artists Auditions at the age of nineteen, he attended the New England Conservatory and Curtis. His principal teachers were Lorne Munroe and David Soyer.